Days after the tragic crash, Trump hopped on his favorite medium to share some spicy takes about airplanes in general.
Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are........needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!
What a take!
This is not the first time Trump has waded into the airplane game. In late 1989, Trump purchased a fleet of airplanes and the necessary accessories to start his own airline, specifically for white-collar customers. The Washington Post reports Trump Shuttle was a fiasco from the start. Trump wanted to deck the planes out similar to his gold-plated personal abodes. Logistically, however, that was never going to fly.
Marble sinks were too heavy on the airframe, where every inch is scrutinized to save space and weight, so faux-marble was installed. Thick burgundy carpets made it difficult for flight attendants to move their beverage and food carts. Trump advised the attendants to push harder, Kranish and Fisher wrote. And despite customer surveys touting on-time flights and consistent schedules as their main needs, Trump insisted on gold-plated fixtures, leather seats and chrome buckles for flights that typically took less than an hour.
...Those upgrades amounted to about $1 million for every plane, with each aging airframe worth only about $4 million. Trump offered at times bewildering suggestions to save money elsewhere, such as reducing the cockpit crew from three to two. Nobles reminded Trump that Federal Aviation Administration regulations required a pilot, a co-pilot and an engineer, Kranish and Fisher wrote.
The real death knell for Trump Shuttle was when one of Trump's planes experienced a mechanical problem and had to crash land at Boston's Logan airport. Luckily for Trump, there was a fast-thinking, non-Einstein behind the controls!
“It was the most beautiful landing you’ve ever seen,” Trump said about the incident at Boston’s Logan International Airport in August 1989, just two months after he launched his Trump Shuttle airline to fly white-collar passengers between New York, Washington and Boston. “By the time it landed at the end, the front just touched very softly. Everybody got off. Nobody was injured. They were shaken up. But they were fine,” he said.